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CÚRAM - Centre for Research in Medical Devices

CÚRAM aims to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing ‘smart’ medical devices and implants. It develops these devices through collaborations with industry partners and hospital groups to enable their rapid translation to clinics.

CÚRAM positions Ireland as the driver in developing medical device technologies that will provide affordable transformative solutions for chronic diseases. The centre strengthens Ireland’s standing as a major global hub for medical device research and development.

CÚRAM’s research programme focuses on innovative design, assessment and manufacture of medical devices and is driven by specialist researchers, clinicians and industry partners, ultimately translating research into clinical settings.

Research Areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Drug Delivery
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Device Design
  • Glycoscience

Research Programmes

Backed by €49.6m in SFI and industry funding, CÚRAM’s 250+ researchers are designing and manufacturing implants to respond to the body’s environment and delivering therapeutic agents exactly where they are needed. CÚRAM’s outputs will particularly benefit patients with chronic ailments such as heart disease, wound healing, diabetes and musculoskeletal diseases.

Academic Partners


CÚRAM includes more than 24 industry partners, including Irish companies and multinationals. CÚRAM also supports product development and the creation of spin-out companies.

Industry Partners Include:


 Aerogen  Boston Scientific Mylan Inc
Arch Therapeutics  Cook Medical  Neuravi 
Acuitive  Medtronic  Stryker 


  • Biomaterials manufacturing and processing from nanoscale to macroscale level
  • Extensive biomaterials and biological characterisation
  • Physicochemical drug analysis
  • Device design and testing
  • National Biophotonics Imaging Platform (NBIP) including pre-clinical imaging
  • Centre for Cell Manufacturing (CCMI)
  • Preclinical disease models
  • GMP manufacturing
  • Clinical research and trial infrastructure


CÚRAM work in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and other SFI Research Centres to encourage education and public engagement initiatives. CÚRAM organise and develop local and national programmes including:

  • CÚRAMOBILE workshops including, Puppet PhDs where primary school kids to learn science in the lab
  • ReelLIFE SCIENCE, a short film for Irish primary and secondary schools
  • DEVISE, Cúram’s Education and Public Engagement Programme
  • Residency Programmes such as the Chimera Art and Science Programme

Key Contacts

Prof Abhay Pandit - Centre Director

Dr Stefania Spada - Scientific Programme Manager

Dr. Neil Ferguson - Industry Programme Manager

Claire Riordan - Scientific Engagement Associate

Biosciences Building
National University of Ireland Galway
+353 91 495833

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